The Wond’ry features Makerspaces outfitted with state-of-art equipment to take your idea from concept to prototype. The Makerspaces are open to all of the Vanderbilt community and serve as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary activity. The mission of these spaces and the Wond’ry Makerspace staff is to provide students, faculty and staff with the tools, training, and resources to pursue their passions and actualize ideas.
To support this mission the Wond’ry offers the following:
- Shared fabrication tools and equipment for rapid prototyping (e.g. 3D printers), fiber arts (e.g. sewing machine and materials), mold making and casting, as well as circuitry, robotics, and much more
- Weekly/Monthly training workshops for beginners to become efficient and safe users
- Short classes offered by makers in the community that focus on skill building through hands-on projects
- Mentors on hand to assist you with your projects
- Free use of the space as well as a mix of free and subsidized materials to enable patrons to ‘make’
- Events with the goal of bringing fabrication communities across the university together to share ideas and innovate together
SPECIAL NOTE ON COVID-19 MAKERSPACE PROCEDURES
As of the August 31, 2021, Makerspace resources no longer require a reservation.
Standard Vanderbilt mask and social-distancing protocol must be observed while using the Makerspaces. Disposable masks are available at the Wond’ry.
Cleaning and sanitation materials will be provided. It is the individual’s responsibility to sanitize tools and work areas as needed.
3D Printing and Laser Cutting services are available for pickup. Email printing/cutting requests and data files to email@example.com to make arrangements. Finished pieces can be picked up at the table outside the Mechancial Makerspace on the 2nd Floor, near the elevator.
Wond’ry Makerspaces Hours:
Summer hours coming soon!
VUIT Genius Bar:
The Wond’ry is now home to the Vanderbilt University IT Genius Bar (VUIT). This collaboration was developed to assist the Wond’ry’s student innovators, Ideator and Builder entrepreneurs and Makers developing innovations with a technology component.
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
If you have any questions for VUIT, you can also contact
Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-936-8530.
Questions (anything IT-related, i.e.)
- Careers in Information Technology
- Disaster Recovery
- Innovation Support (schedule 30-minute consultations with individuals or teams)
Feedback – Ideas on how VUIT could better meet the needs of students
The Mechanical Makerspace features rapid prototyping, woodworking, fiber arts, mold making and casting materials and more.
The Electrical Engineering Makerspace features circuitry, electronic, and robotic materials.
How to Get Involved – Safety Seminars @ the Wond’ry
The makerspaces at the Wond’ry are open to all of the Vanderbilt community (students, staff and faculty).
For your safety and the safety of those around you, all Wond’ry makerspace users must complete a safety seminar (approximately 1 hour) to gain access to the makerspace resources and equipment (this includes 3D printing).
Safety seminars are held Monday through Thursday at 7:00pm in the Mechanical Makerspace (2nd Floor).
No reservation is required to attend the safety seminar.
The purpose of this safety seminar is to give new comers a lay of the land including:
- Meeting the Maker Fellows: the student mentors that help run the makerspaces
- Organization: learning how the makerspace runs and our approach to helping you ‘make’
- Expectations: learn makerspace rules and member conduct
- Basic Safety: tour the facilities and participate in tool and equipment safety training
After attending the safety seminar, you will be able to use the makerspaces and most basic tools for your projects. Additional training to gain access to the other machinery (such as the vacuum former, molding and casting bench, and sewing machine) will be available through separate sessions by request.
If you have any questions please email the Director of Making, Dr. Kevin Galloway.
Director of Making